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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 19, 2014 H Amdt 935 Prohibits National Security Agency (NSA) from Requiring Alterations to Federal Services to Permit Electronic Surveillance of Users Amendment Adopted - House
(293 - 123)
Yea
Oct. 10, 2013 H J Res 79 Border Security and Enforcement Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House
(249 - 175)
Yea
June 14, 2013 HR 1960 Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case Bill Passed - House
(315 - 108)
Nay
June 6, 2013 HR 2217 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 Bill Passed - House
(245 - 182)
Nay
May 22, 2013 H Amdt 69 Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 239)
Nay
April 18, 2013 HR 624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(288 - 127)
Nay
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3953 Aviation Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(389 - 22)
Nay
June 13, 1996 H Amdt 1167 Spaced-based Weapons Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 208)
Nay
May 22, 1996 H Amdt 1075 Disclosure of Intelligence Spending Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 248)
Nay
April 30, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Veto Override Failed - House
(234 - 188)
Yea
April 18, 1996 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(293 - 133)
Nay
March 14, 1996 HR 2703 Antiterrorism bill Bill Passed - House
(229 - 191)
Nay
March 12, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House
(226 - 172)
Did Not Vote
June 8, 1995 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House
(222 - 192)
Yea
Feb. 16, 1995 HR 7 Limiting U.S. Monetary and Troop Assistance to the United Nations Bill Passed - House
(241 - 181)
Yea

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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